Sunday, November 27, 2016

The Mystery by Lacey Sturm

"The Mystery, Finding True Love In A World of Broken Lovers" by Lacey Strum is a memoir about the author's relationships and finding true love thru it all.  You might know the name of the author as she is a Christian musician.  This book was ok as it seemed to not flow very well.  I think what really got me was I would get into reading her story and then in between some chapters she would have notes from her heroes that just did seem to add to the book for me.  Also I really did not need all the deep down details of her emotional affair she had with a man.  Maybe it will help someone but for me it was just too much information.  Overall it was not a bad memoir about the relationship part of the authors life.  So in other words I recommend it but interesting read.

I was given this book for free from BakerBooks and was not required to give a review.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Fatal Frost by Nancy Mehl

"Fatal Frost" by Nancy Mehl is mystery novel about U.S. Marshall Mercy Brennan who without realizing it is put into danger and is taken to an area for her protection that could keep her safe or kill her.  I really like the way this author writes she always does a very good job at bringing us mystery with topic that could be so cliche but doesn't do it. I will admit a little bit of the beginning does get a little confusing but as the story goes it clears up and becomes very understanding.  I enjoyed how we see a little bit of Mercy's past and how it affects her present.  I hope in the next book of this series that we get a little more back story on Mercy and other main characters.  I recommend this book for a good murder mystery.

I was given this book from Bethany House publishers for free and was not required to give a positive review.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

All The Pretty Things by Edie Wadsworth

"All Pretty Things" by Edie Wadsworth is the memoir of the author's life in extreme poverty with an alcoholic father and how no matter what happened in her life she seen God's hand in it.  Wow the things the author went thru and had seen in her childhood I all can say is wow.  Now don't get me wrong its not like I have not seen kids go thru things similar to her (I seen it with neighbors and friends), but what got me was that she did not do what most do which is stay in it she worked her way out of the attitude she grew up around.  She became a Christian as teen but as you should know that did not make her life any easier yes she did end up becoming a doctor but not without sacrifice.  She did well in society's standards but as she got closer to God she knew need healing and rest that only he could provide.  This was a wonderful and sad story but it shows that we don't have to stay where we came from especially if its a very toxic life as in the authors past.  I highly recommend this book as it is a great reminder that our past is not always our future.

I was given this from Tyndale Publishers for free and was not required to give a positive review.

Fixing Perfect by Therese M. Travis

"Fixing Perfect" by Therese M. Travis is a murder mystery about psychopath killer who is obsessed with disabled artist Robin Ingram.  This was a tough book to read if you are not interested to read about kidnappings of kids and murder of an adult close to them.  This was a very good murder mystery novel with just the right amount of detail so that it was not too graphic.  Now I will admit the one point in the book that kinda of annoyed me was how easy it was for me to figure out the bad guy.  I can't write about how I know who it was as if I do it will be way to obvious if you decide to read the book.  I really enjoyed how the author dealt with false accusations. This was really good book with some really great characters.  I would love to see more of the main characters in this book. If you can't tell I highly recommend it.

I was given this book from NetGalley for free and was not required to give a positive review.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Shadow of the Storm by Connilyn Cossette

"Shadow of the Storm" by Connilyn Cossette is the second book in the Out From Egypt series.    This book is about Shira who with other Hebrews have escaped Egypt with Moses.  As they are at the base of Mount Sinai she finds herself chooses a life as a midwife which will her problems emotionally and physically.  This is another series of books that I have read that did not need to be read in order as I did not even realize that this was a series of books.  I was very impressed by the detail in this book as it made me think I was right there with Shira.  Now I will admit normally I am not quite a big fan of books taking place in Biblical stories but this one was nice.  As it took place during the Exodus but that was mainly the location and the back story not the main part of the story.  The main part of the story was Shira (who is not in the Bible), her family and others around her.  Parts of the story are hard to read because of what happens (I will not give away) but I still really enjoyed this book.  Once I picked it up I could not put it down so I highly recommend it.

I was given this book from Bethany House for free and was not required to give a positive review.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Waves Of Mercy by Lynn Austin

"Waves Of Mercy" by Lynn Austin is about Chicago Socialite Anna Nicholsen and her search for answers from her past and present.  While there she makes friends with a hotel work Derk Vander Veen who helps answers her questions about both with the help of his Aunt Geesje.  This book takes place in the late 1800's in Holland, Michigan.  This book goes between Geesje's past, some of Anna's past and the present of both women.  As always Lynn Austen gives us a very well written book.  I really enjoyed the story of Anna and the similarities with Geesje's story.  This book is a bit mystery, romance but mainly it is about a fork in the road and the decisions we have to make when we come to one.  We see what happens in the past can effect our future.  What a wonderful book to read and I highly recommend it.

I was given this book from Bethany House for free and was not required to give a positive review.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Photographs From The Edge by Art Wolfe

"Photographs From The Edge" by Art Wolfe is a book of photo's, details on how they were taken and photo tips on how to take the photos.  This book is not just scenic pictures but also of people from all over the world.  The author/photography gives us such great detail on what equipment he used to take the photos also in tips.  We also learn when and where the photos were taken.  The photos in the books are some very beautiful pictures.  However I would say that some of the photographs beauty was not portrayed as well as they could have been because of the book's paper.  But still beautiful no matter what. I think some of my favorite photos were some of the ones taken in India so colorful and beautiful.  I highly recommend this book especially for ones interested in world photography.

I was given this book from Blogging for Books for free and was not required to give a positive review.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Feast For Thieves by Marcus Brotherton

"Feast For Thieves" by Marcus Brotherton is about World War II veteran Rowdy Slater who after the war decides to rob a bank but after his confession to a sheriff the sheriff gives him the option go to jail or preach.  This book had some interesting plots and points to it.  It does hint at some horrible things that were done to kids even back in the late 40's.  But the main point of this story just does not make sense to me which is the Rowdy must choose between going to jail or preach.  How in the world did a man decide well this possible criminal who doesn't even say he is a believer would be good preacher. Also was not really into reading a man describe the shape of a woman's body beneath her clothes.  Other than that the story was interesting, well paced and had interesting characters but overall I just was not a fan of it.  It is a toss up book for me to recommend in one way I say no but then at times I would yes.

I was given this book from Moody Publishers for free and was not required to give a positive review.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

The Missing Matisse by Pierre H. Matisse

"The Missing Matisse" by Pierre H. Matisse is the memoir of the author life in France before, during, and after World War II.  This is not just a memoir of the war but of Art also as the artist/author is the grandson of the famous artist Henri Matisse which makes the author life even more interesting.  I have read a lot of different memoir's on World War II but this one was different.  It gave details that I had never heard of which is what happened when Germany first invaded France.  The details and information the author gives is are so powerful and sad.  The war not only brought him to struggles with what was happening in his country but also on the personal level.  This memoir was very powerful and I really liked how the author did not hold anything back.  What a life he has had.   I highly recommend this book.

I was given this book from Tyndale Publishers for free and was not required to give a positive review.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

David Bowie Retrospective and Coloring Book by Mel Elliott

"David Bowie, Retrospective and Coloring Book" by Mel Elliott is a neat book that highlights a few of David Bowie points in life with coloring pages.  Each pages is one side a snippet of David Bowie information and the other side is a picture of him with both pages to be colored.  This is a fun coloring book especially for David Bowie fans.   I really enjoyed how the artist put together little bits of history with some of David Bowie's most iconic outfits.   One thing I really enjoyed was in the back was a list of his albums and a list of his awards.  The pages were nice and thick to be able to color with markers.  It also even had  a little ribbon you can use to mark where you are at.  I highly recommend this book as it was just a fun coloring book about David Bowie.

I was given this book from Blogging for Books and was not required to give a review.

The Build by Paul Teutul Jr.

" The Build " by Paul Teutul Jr. this is his book about his whole life not just about his life with Orange County Choppers.  I w...